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Hockey Party in Paradise: Hockey Hot Spots

If there’s a downside to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it’s that they occur during the year’s first sunny days.  For many of us northerners the months of May and June mark the first chance to do some fishing, get out for a bike ride, or even do some yard work.

If you want to be hardcore (like some hockey fans I know), you can move the TV out to the deck so you can soak up the sun’s first real rays while still catching the afternoon game.

However, there is a better way to take your playoff hockey party outdoors….

Hockey Party

Plan a getaway to an official PHB HOCKEY HOT SPOT!!!

Thanks to our readers, we’ve identified two tropical hockey fan destinations.  

Check out all the details in the post below.  Leave a comment about your favorite place to watch the Cup Finals to participate in our gear giveaway.

Our partner retailer Max-Performance Sports & More, Vancouver, CA will give away one of these awesome authentic hockey stick BBQ sets to the author of the best comment.  

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Bucerías, Mexico

Hockey Bar In Paradise - YOYO MO's
Photo courtesy of YoYo Mo's.

The old Mexican fishing village of Bucerias is probably the last place you would expect to find a great hockey bar.   Bucerias is located just north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Canadian Glenn Newell and his wife Tanya opened YoYo Mo’s in 2007.  It remains the only Canadian/American sports bar in the area.

Hockey is a key feature at YoYo Mo’s.  The decor in the bar/restaurant is overwhelming with sticks, jerseys, hockey pictures and helmets.

Hockey Bar In Paradise - YOYO MO's
Photo courtesy of YoYo Mo's.
Hockey party in paradise - YoYo Mo's
Photo courtesy of YoYo Mo's.

YoYo Mo’s carries all the NHL action, on multiple TVs.  They also show the World Championships, World Junior tournament, and…well any type of hockey broadcast they can pick up!

YoYo Mo’s ownership and staff even take their love of hockey to the streets, sponsoring (and playing in) ball hockey games every Tuesday and Thursday year round.  Tourists are invited to join in!

If you’re traveling from Western Canada Glenn recommends looking into West Jet for direct flights to Puerto Vallarta. Royal Decameron runs several small hotels and vacation rentals in the town of Bucerias.

However you choose to get there, YoYo Mo’s is a prime destination for hockey playoff viewing in paradise.  We applaud Glenn and Tanya for their dedication to vacationing hockey fans and deem YoYo Mo’s a certified Hockey Hot Spot.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hockey PArty in Paradise - Los Tabernacos
Photo courtesy of Los Tabernacos.

If you’re a Habs fan, Los Tabernacos is a bucket list destination.  While relaxing in beautiful Playa Del Carmen, owner Daniel Gingras discovered two major problems; There was nowhere to watch his beloved Canadiens and there was nowhere to get a decent plate of poutine.

Daniel took it upon himself to solve both these problems when he opened Los Tabernacos in 2011.  

When asked how they celebrate hockey at Los Tabernacos Daniel replied:

“We’re giving out a lot of free shots. Especially, if my team wins, we give a free shot of tequila for everybody.”

Although every hockey night at Los Tabernacos is a party, Habs games are such celebrated events that they require reservations.

Hockey Party - Los Tabernacos

Los Tabernacos also does between period giveaways and free shots of tequila with your meal.

You had me at burritos and poutine, but let’s review the whole offering.

Beautiful beach town…Check…Great French Canadian food…Check…Crazy tequila hockey parties…Check!!!

Playa Del Carmen is located just 45 minutes south of Cancun.  Daniel recommends ADO buses over taxis for the drive south.

Los Tabernacos is absolutely a certified PHB Hockey Hot Spot!

Tell us about your hockey paradise, or share where you’ll be watching the Cup Finals.

Leave a comment below to participate in our gear giveaway sponsored by Max-Performance Sports & More.

  • Vince A.
    Posted at 07:16h, 30 May Reply

    Los Tabernacos is the most unreal place to see a Habs game. In Philly, Pa. xfinitylive is a great place to watch any game, Plenty of choices for food & drink, plenty of specials. big screen TVS inside & outside.

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 08:52h, 02 June Reply

      Vince, I think we need to make you our official Hockey Bars correspondent.

  • Brenda Ruby
    Posted at 07:59h, 30 May Reply

    We’ll need to get a Penguins bar started down south!

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 08:51h, 02 June Reply

      Sounds like a worthy road trip!

  • Derek
    Posted at 19:29h, 01 June Reply

    Don’t bring a knife to a fist fight. Bring bbq hockey stick gear and some foil – you’re gonna want seconds.

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 08:50h, 02 June Reply

      Good call. Keep your stick on the ice, unless you’re using it to cook burgers.

  • Kevin Mason
    Posted at 09:19h, 02 June Reply

    Hmmm watched the 2009 SC Finals at the Swizzle Inn on North Shore in Bermuda it was awesome! Wearing a jersey was a little hot though!!!

  • Kevin Mason
    Posted at 09:25h, 02 June Reply

    …….the rum Swizzles were great the wahoo burgers were awesome and there were about 40 other Canadians and Americans watching the game with Bermudians, people from the U.K. And around the world and when Sid the Kid hoisted the chalice the Gosling dark rum was flowing!! Thanks for the oppertunity to win a great prize from s great company and website. Go Pens Go

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 10:31h, 02 June Reply

      Wow Kevin. That sounds incredible! We definitely need to check this place out. Stay tuned…we’ll announce the winner at the end of the Cup Finals.

  • Scott Fyffe
    Posted at 14:44h, 02 June Reply

    I have two for you:

    Arriba Sports Bar, Samara, Costa Rica… Canadian owned spot to catch all your must-watch games.

    Stout Public House, San Diego…

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 20:55h, 02 June Reply

      We will have to visit these together during the playoffs next year. I say we start in Costa Rica.

  • Scott Good
    Posted at 14:58h, 02 June Reply

    Great story. Bottom line…….Go Pens!

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 20:52h, 02 June Reply

      Thanks Scott…2 wins away.

  • Evan Blake
    Posted at 21:17h, 02 June Reply

    I dive in cozumel and have been to plays del Carmen several times. Try their xtabentun, this bar carries it, it’ll be well worth your while. My favorite place to watch is at my house with the doors open. I live in northeast Tennessee now, hockey is in its infancy. I have to drive 2 hourse to get on ice in Knoxville twice a week. Well worth it I’ll add. I have my doors open because I want my neighborhood to hear the madness and wonder what the hell I could possibly be doing. They all know by now. Anyways, id love to have that grill set, there’s a few neighbors who have started to watch, they had to find out if the hype was real, which it is of course.

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 21:25h, 02 June Reply

      Wow Evan! A two hour drive to get on the ice is true dedications. Love your enthusiasm to grow our sport! We’ll announce the winner of the Max-Performance Sports giveaway at the end of the Cup Finals.

  • Lyne desilets
    Posted at 22:14h, 02 June Reply

    Je connais los tabarnacos et cest vraiment la place a hockey et poutine. Toujours bonne ambiance et plaisir a chaque fois. Le proprio daniel est vraiment un fan fini des canadiens. Bonne vacance. I know los tabarnacos and its really the place to see a hockey game and eat a POUTINE. A lot of fun every time.

    • Kyle Jordan
      Posted at 16:00h, 03 June Reply

      Hockey…Poutine…Cerveza. It’s a hat-trick.

  • Kristina Ziegler
    Posted at 08:32h, 04 June Reply

    Great giveaway for Father’s Day!

  • tom yates
    Posted at 21:52h, 04 June Reply

    yoyo mos is the best place to watch a game.great and people make it a must see in bucerias.thanks glenn

  • Jason
    Posted at 15:02h, 05 June Reply

    I was at Los Tabernacos a couple years ago…It was awesome.

  • Morgan Dusk
    Posted at 04:47h, 06 June Reply

    Definitely, Yoyomo’s!
    Every day you find something interesting on the huge screens from NHL, MLB, NBA,NFL, and many more: UFC,GOLF,TENNIS,NASCAR,
    DERBY, F1, and all you can imagine to watch like: CURLING, DARTS, SOCCER , everything,
    Staff is always ready to make you feel like beung part of the big party , live sound, great service and of coyrse is a MUST , PIZZA is the key of an entire canadian inspured menú, freshness is basic , potaoe chips, fries, pizza, taco, burger, chicken wings, puzza bread,* everything is Fantastic, and so the Atmosphere is always drived thru your participation , you become a part of the Bar, i go there every time i can, so i moved to Bucerias 2 yrs. Ago- and had the fortune to met personally Glenn & Tanya, both are awesome!

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